Zune Vs. iPod: Which Music Player Do You Want For Xmas?
There's lots of talk about Microsoft's slimmed-down, second-generation Zune. I'm supposed to get my review unit soon, and I'm anxious to take a look. I'm sure it's much improved over the 1.0 design, which had all the style of a 1960 Dodge Polara. However, if you ask people which music player they want for the holidays, and you frame the question the way I did in the headline, the answer is pretty obvious.
What Does Verizon's "Open Move" Mean For Smaller Companies?
Verizon challenged the way America does wireless today when it announced that it plans to open its wireless network to third party mobile devices, software, and applications. If other carriers are forced to follow suit, what might that mean to small and midsize companies' mobility plans?
Feeling Grumpy About Your Job?
Who do you think likes his or her job better, you or your boss? A few recent surveys hint that IT worker-bees are happier with their jobs than the queen-bee is with hers. But is the company king-pin the unhappiest of all?
Real Zune Now
New models of Microsoft's Zune media player prove that Microsoft is still Microsoft: It's one of the best companies in the world at doing the difficult job of learning from its mistakes.
Consolidation Hits the Business Rules Market
Business rules engines are yet another example of a niche technology that is powerful, yet seemingly needs to constantly strive for the recognition it deserves. Other eclectic-yet-deserving technologies in this category include master data management and data quality solutions, etc. The challenge is to be perceived as an essential part of the corporate technology portfolio...
Converting A Few Measly Page Views Into Real Business
Yodle, a specialist in placing online ads for small, local companies, has secured $12 million in second round venture funding. Its clients are the small-fries of Web commerce, but large enterprises could learn a few things from them.
Macworld May Disappoint iPhone Phreaks
The January classic will be bigger than ever and more comprehensive than in years past. But unless Apple makes an announcement, don't expect to get insider scoop on how to hack an iPhone at Macworld 2008.
Mozilla Fixes Memory And CPU Problems In Firefox 3 Beta 1
Mozilla.org says it fixed a problem with Firefox 3 Beta 1 that caused it to spike CPU usage and eat hundreds of megabytes of RAM. The fix involved changing the configuration of a server that Firefox communicates with, so you don't have to download a new version to take advantage of it.
Linux Kernel Maintainers: Accountable To All, Beholden To None?
The Linux kernel is surrounded by hundreds of interested parties. How is it that none of them gains a commanding influence over the kernel's development priorities? HP, IBM, Oracle. Google, eBay and Intel each has a primary stake in Linux and employs kernel developers. Does this mean money talks when it comes to Linux? If not, why not?
Do You Know Who Your Next CIO Will Be?
Succession planning is an important part of management strategy. Unfortunately, it's a practice more breached than honored -- especially when it comes to CIOs.
Did Asus Drop The Ball With The Eee PC's Open Source?
One of the provisions of using open-source code is that you have to honor the license the code was provided under, which usually means supplying the source on demand. From what other people have observed, Asus may not have properly fulfilled its obligations under the GPL to release all the source code used to build the Eee PC's proprietary hardware drivers. Or maybe someone just goofed.
Business Security Lessons From 60 Minutes
Nice piece on information security on this week's 60 Minutes, with Lesley Stahl being walked through venues from wireless network vulnerabilities to stolen credit card number auctions.
A Mother Lode Of Business Code
Forget IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. How much software do you think businesses have developed for internal use? Here's one expert's guesstimate.
Mobile Tech, From Drug Tests To Train Tracks
A pro cycling team gave riders BlackBerrys so it can summon them anytime for unannounced drug tests. Now, testing employees for elevated testosterone on three hours notice might not be a core competency for your company. But it gets to a challenge: do you have a problem that mobile technology lets you look at in a new way?
Let's stop agonizing about BI positioning
I'm getting pretty tired of the agonizing whether recent market events and trends mean the end of business intelligence as we know it. Some of my fellow pundits are scrutinizing vendor consolidations and they're studying the impact of the emergence of new analytical approaches and application-delivery methods. Consolidation will mean a refocusing of product development for acquired vendors, that's all, not "the end of BI as a separate application."
Tomorrow's CIO: A Woman
Women possess many of the attributes necessary for the emerging role of the CIO, such as skills in communication, collaboration, and negotiation, says Susan Mersereau, senior VP and CIO at Weyerhaeuser Co.: "I think they're wired to move into this career."
Got Macs? Get Apple Developer Connection Select
One of the best investments Iï¿¼ve made in Mac business technology is signing up for ADC Select. Thatï¿¼s Apple Developer Connection Select, a paid-for service thatï¿¼s geared primarily towards software developers, but which provides tremendous value for any organization thatï¿¼s deploying significant numbers of Macs.
Running IE On Linux -- And Running Windows XP For Free (Sort Of)
Yes, I know the headline sounds like the fodder for a joke: "Run IE on Linux? Why would you want to?" But there are circumstances where it's unavoidable -- compatibility testing, or accessing IE-only sites without dual-booting -- and in the last few weeks I've come across a couple of interesting approaches to this issue.
Gmail As Designed By Microsoft
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it's time for some holiday chestnuts. Here's one: What if Microsoft, and not Google, had designed Gmail? How would the application be different? Let's take a look.
Microsoft Web Analytics Does Demographics
Microsoft finally announced Gatineau, the beta release of its free Web analytics solution, at the end of October. Focused primarily on those who use Redmond's AdCenter service, Gatineau will draw comparisons with Google Analytics, but it offers some interesting differentiation, such as the ability to derive demographic data from site visitors who have signed up for a Live ID through Microsoft's Hotmail or Messenger.
Is Your Site Ready for the Holiday Rush?
The Christmas season officially begins Friday, traditionally being the busiest day of the year for retailers. So as customers get ready to open up their wallets, the question becomes: Will your Web site withstand the dramatic surge in traffic?
SAP Hopes To See TomorrowNow Become YesterdayThen
So the other shoe drops. Four months after admitting one of its subsidiaries downloaded Oracle documents it didn't have legal rights to, SAP is doing everything it can to yank out and destroy that thorn in it's paw known as TomorrowNow.
Bigger Screens, Lighter Notebooks? It's Not A Paradox
Fujitsu is releasing a new laptop today that breaks one of the rules of notebook physics -- it has a bigger screen than a similar predecessor model, but it's lighter. How does that work? The reason is the change in screen technology from fluorescent-backlit to LED-backlit.
Work From Anywhere -- Carefully
The ability to work anywhere, at anytime, is crucial for anyone involved in a smaller business. Until recently, though, working in airports or hotels was a hit or miss affair.
Share The Love: IT Staff Feel Appreciated
Contrary to stereotyped perceptions (and Saturday Night Live skits), IT staff members aren't necessarily targets of verbal abuse, they do get positive feedback from users, and they aren't constantly surfing the Web looking for new jobs. As for CIOs ... insufficient data.
SharePoint as a .Net Development Platform
On the one hand, the Web Parts framework is very attractive for plugging widgets into dashboard-type pages. In addition to what ships natively with SharePoint, you can find lots of 3rd-party Web Parts. But their quality and safety varies substantially, and inevitably you need to extend them...and then how do you handle support?... Microsoft's portal is no more or less complicated than, say, Sun's.